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Old Town

Ancient churches, a presidential home and the remains of a medieval defensive wall make a stroll through the historical center of Riga a stimulating adventure.

Riga’s Old Town, known as Vecrīga in Latvian, is an enchanting maze of cobbled streets and brightly colored buildings that date back as far as the 13th century. Although it exudes an aura of centuries past, the Old Town is no living museum. This vibrant neighborhood buzzes throughout the day and night with sightseers, shoppers and diners. It is also where the country’s laws are made.

Begin your tour at the remaining section of the defensive wall that used to surround the Old Town. Nearby, walk through the 17th-century Swedish Gate, the only surviving gate to the old city. Stop by the 15th-century Riga Castle, the official residence of the President of Latvia. See more of Riga’s historic structures when you visit the Three Brothers. Constructed between the 15th and 17th centuries, these are the oldest stone residential buildings in the city. Each property has its own architectural style, reflecting the different era in which it was built.

The Old Town is also a place where you can see a number of historic churches. Find St. George’s Church, an early 13th-century church in white dolomite. This is the oldest building in Riga and is now home to the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design. Also worth seeing is the Gothic-style St. Jacob’s Cathedral, which is next door to the Saeima, the Latvian parliament.

When you need a break from walking, enjoy a coffee at one of the many open-air cafés found throughout the neighborhood. In the evening, the Old Town is a lively place to grab a drink or dine on some traditional Latvian dishes like rasols, a potato salad or karbonāde, breaded pork chops.

One of the best times of year to visit the Old Town is during the annual Christmas fair. Learn about Latvian holiday customs, sample specialty Christmas foods and shop for local handcrafts.  The Old Town is located on the east side of the Daugava River. This area is a popular spot for strolling, dining and shopping year-round.


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Wellton Riga Hotel & SPA

Wellton Riga Hotel & SPA

Valnu street 49, Riga
4.2
of 5, from 125 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Old Town, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Latvian National Opera and St John's Church. St. Peter's Church and Great Guild Hall are also within 10 minutes.

£56
Wellton Centrum Hotel & Spa

Wellton Centrum Hotel & Spa

33 Kaleju Street, Riga
4.3
of 5, from 454 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Old Town, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of St John's Church and St. Peter's Church. Great Guild Hall and Small Guild Hall are also within 10 minutes.

£31
Rixwell Old Riga Palace Hotel

Rixwell Old Riga Palace Hotel

Minsterejas 8/10, Riga
3.9
of 5, from 315 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Old Town, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Menzendorff House, St. Peter's Church, and St John's Church. Riga Cathedral and Small Guild Hall are also within 10 minutes.

£98
Hotel Neiburgs

Hotel Neiburgs

Jauniela 25/27, Riga
4.7
of 5, from 211 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Old Town, this luxury hotel is steps from Riga History and Navigation Museum, Riga Cathedral, and Small Guild Hall. St. Peter's Church and St. Jacob's Cathedral are also within 5 minutes.

£47
Garden Palace Hotel

Garden Palace Hotel

28 Grecinieku Street, Riga
3.9
of 5, from 285 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Old Town, this hotel is steps from Occupation Museum and St. Peter's Church. St John's Church and Small Guild Hall are also within 10 minutes.

Ekes Konvents Hotel

Ekes Konvents Hotel

Skarnu street 22, Riga
4.4
of 5, from 7 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Old Town, this hotel is steps from St John's Church and St. Peter's Church. Small Guild Hall and Great Guild Hall are also within 5 minutes.

£64
Royal Square Hotel & Suites

Royal Square Hotel & Suites

3a Kalku Street, Riga
4.3
of 5, from 173 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Old Town, this luxury hotel is steps from House of the Blackheads, Small Guild Hall, and St. Peter's Church. St John's Church and Great Guild Hall are also within 5 minutes.

£51
AVALON HOTEL & CONFERENCES

AVALON HOTEL & CONFERENCES

13.Janvara str. 19, Riga
4.2
of 5, from 126 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Old Town, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of St John's Church and St. Peter's Church. Great Guild Hall and Small Guild Hall are also within 10 minutes.

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